CFCF 2010: Jana Roberts Benzon added and Nan Roche’s revised

13 10 2009
BENZON "Lazer cut" Maya

BENZON "Lazer cut" Maya


Jana Roberts Benzon has been officially added to the Cabin Fever Clay Fest Pre-Conference Instructor line-up.  Jana has been an instructor at CFCF in both 2008 and 2009.  She will be returning again to Cabin Fever Clay Fest 2010 as a pre-conference instructor, teaching a one day workshop on her new “laser cut” technique.  For those who have taken a workshop from Jana before, you know that she is a master at detail and technique  (photo on left is an example  – specific project may

Jana Roberts Benzon

Jana Roberts Benzon

 vary.)  A more detailed description of her workshop is coming, but in the meantime, Jana is excited to debut her “Laser Cut”  technique in this workshop!  People describe these pieces as looking ‘ancient’ or ‘Mayan’…come and learn how to use this super fun and innovative technique to create interesting work with depth, mystique and a seeming history!  Don’t miss your chance to learn from Jana while there is space available. 



ROCHE-Celtic Knot Pendant

ROCHE-Celtic Knot Pendant

Nan has also taught at Cabin Fever Clay Fest in 2008 and 2009.  For CFCF 2010, she has decided to expand her Saturday Pre-Conference workshop to – Celtic Knotting/Braids: Explorations Using Extruded Clay.  She is very excited to teach this workshop which is new and never been taught before. 

Celtic knotting is a challenging knotting system that has been used for over 1000 years in European tribal groups for decoration of jewelry, metal objects, carvings and many other art objects. Using extruded polymer clay it is possible to recreate many of these knots to make beautiful jewelry.        

Braiding, though more familiar, can be simple or quite complex. Simple braids can be grouped for elegance. Multiple strands create round and square braids that are dimensional and complex.  Both are fascinating and beautiful.           

This class will explore both Celtic knotting and braiding using extruded polymer clay that forms cords. The techniques can be combined in unique and unusual ways. Working with polymer clay gives possibilities that fiber cording would not: the ability to shape knots and braids and fix them with baking.   

In this class we will learn how to extrude polymer clay using a clay gun as extruder and a caulking gun for pressure as well as finishing techniques using rubber cording, drilling and sanding and polishing. Students will be encouraged to use and combine the techniques above to create a unique and dramatic piece of jewelry. 




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13 10 2009
Roche and Benzon at Cabin Fever Clay Fest! · Polymer Clay @ CraftGossip

[…] workshop for the Cabin Fever Clay Fest, and Jana Roberts Benzon has been added to the line up!   Click here to head over to Polymer Clay Fest’s weblog and get all the […]

10 12 2009
CFCF 2010: Nan Roche to be honored with Creative Pioneer and Innovator Award « Polymer Clay Fest's Weblog

[…] Nan Roche, author of “The New Clay“, the first comprehensive book published on Polymer Clay (1991 Flower Valley Press), will be honored with the first Creative Pioneer and Innovator Award at the closing celebration for Cabin Fever Clay Fest, Wed. 24 February 2010 from 7PM til 11PM.  Jeffrey Lloyd Dever will be presenting Nan with this inaugural award on behalf of Cabin Fever Clay Fest and Polymer Clay Fests.    Nan, who has been a scientist working at NIH for many years, was one of the founding members of the National Polymer Clay Guild and the Washington Polymer Clay Guild.  […]

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